• Location: Sydney, Australia
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
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Enjoy an awe-inspiring experience of the natural world on this whale-watching cruise from Sydney. For several months every year, large numbers of humpback and southern right whales migrate along the Australian coastline, swimming close to Sydney as they make their way between Antarctica and their breeding grounds in Queensland. See the majestic creatures up close during a 4-hour small-group cruise aboard a deluxe yacht that departs in the morning or afternoon to encounter whales in the Pacific Ocean just offshore from Sydney.


  • 4-hour small-group whale-watching cruise from Sydney
  • Look for humpback and southern right whales as they migrate along the Australian coastline
  • Learn about whale behavior from your expert guide
  • Keep an eye out for dolphins, albatross and other marine life
  • Enjoy the intimacy of a small-group experience, with participants limited to 12 people

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What You Can Expect

Sydney Eco Whale Watching Small Group Cruise

Sydney Whale Watching

Make your own way to King St Wharf in Darling Harbour to meet your crew and board your yacht for the whale-watching cruise. Your small-group tour has a maximum of 12 participants, ensuring that you have room on the boat and plenty of space to view the whales and other marine life.

As you head out of the mouth of Sydney Harbour and scan the Pacific Ocean for whales, listen to expert commentary about the whales, their migration patterns, the marine environment and other fascinating facts. Your crew also details other creatures that you may encounter, such as bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins, pilot whales, Australian fur seals, albatross and more.

You have a choice of two vantage points to watch the whales: through underwater-viewing windows in your boat's teak wood cabin, or from the spacious wrap-around deck and outdoor platform. Your boat is fully equipped with modern conveniences including bathroom facilities, and light refreshments are served on board.

With luck on your side, your crew can find some whales and you will watch some typical whale behaviors, such as breaching out of the water, slapping their mighty fins, feeding or ushering their calves through the ocean. Whales are wild animals, and your crew will do their best to locate them on the day of your tour, although the rest is up to the whales. With many years of experience, your crew is ideally prepared to make your whale-watching tour an incredible experience.

Customer Reviews

Joanna H United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This trip with skipper Tony was the highlight of our 3 1/2 weeks holiday in Australia. However we were unsure to start with. We arrived at the quay indicated on our paperwork and found loads of people waiting to board a large boat. After some discussion our boat was to be found at the quay next to the one on our paperwork. The boat is small compared to the other whale watching boats in the area but I very quickly became very comfortable as Tony was very professional and knowledgeable about the area and sea conditions. On board there was the 2 of us and 2 other passengers, there was also a couple who were locals and very knowledgeable about whales, I am sorry but their names escape me. As Tony navigated our way out of the harbour the gentlemen whale watcher told us lots of information of what we were seeing in the harbour and was very knowledgeable and interesting, his wife surprised us on the way back to the harbour with a delicious muffin too. On reaching the sea we came across a mother and calf humpback. Other boats were in view and we were joined by 2 other boats, the whales seemed to pop up near those boats more than ours. The captains of these boats do share information regarding where the whales are showing themselves which is good. After a while we were left by the other boats and I think because we were a small craft the whales seemed to take no notice of us. The mother and calf surfaced near our boat, it was at this time when the size of these fantastic creatures dawned on me. Exhilaration, awe, happiness and feeling slightly frightened all came over us at once. The mother then started flapping her tail powerfully in the water and the calf breached a few times. It may be that a male humpback which suddenly appeared caused this display. All through the trip Tony and 'the couple' only showed complete professionalism and regard for us and particularly for the whales. Take my advice, if you take one whale watching trip in Sydney, take it with Tony. If I am ever back in Sydney again I would book this trip as many times as I could. Thanks Tony for a great time.

rezonzew.samy Israel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

No words to describe how exciting it was. Took for us 2 and a half hours to see the first glance of the whales mother and calf, but it was worth it then we have a 45 minutes outstanding performance, the personal explanation and care for us by the Capitan Tonny, and the extraordinary comments by the expert, made our visit to Sydney unforgettable...

Alex U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Very enjoyable, lived up to all my expectations. Saw several whales


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Really fun, definitely worth it, so exciting to see the whales. Very relaxing.

David Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We had a great afternoon on the Katrina. Tony is a great guy, knowledgeable, relaxed and a good host. We saw one whale and would have liked to see more but on the way back we saw a big pod of dolphins many of which came up to, and beside, the boat. There was no strict time or hurry to get back and we had the boat to ourselves, which was a bonus. It is such a better way to go out to sea than on those large crowded boats. We will go out again with Tony in the Spring.

Deb C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Tour guide was helpful, knowledge and even sympathetic when I was sea sick. Even though we didn't see any whales, he offered us another tour for free,vehich he really didn't have to do. He was great...

Moritz S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Tony is a very experienced, patient and all around nice guy!
He's been doing these tours for almost 14 years now but from his passion and motivation it seemed as he would just had been started.

Stephen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

A wonderful afternoon out on the ocean. Instead of being on a massive catamaran, jostling for a view, we had a relaxed time, just the skipper and the two of us (they take a max of 12). Tony, our skipper and host, was friendly, knowledgeable and determined to find us a whale. He found two, and the second one spent 45 minutes entertaining us with pirouettes and chin slaps - at least 45 of them. Tony didn't turn back, he just waited until the show was over, meaning that we were at sea an hour longer than advertised. Now that's service!

Edward G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Tony is a very warm and friendly tour guide, perfect for the winter sydney weather, bespoke services on small group cruise. Tony is also very conscious to our comfort and tour experiences due to the choppy ocean waves once the boat leave sydney harbour.

Catherine W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Friendly and knowledgeable guide, small group in a small boat. More than met expectations.

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